Regents approve 5 percent tuition increase for Weber State

Mar 30 2012 - 4:45pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The State Board of Regents on Friday approved Weber State University's request for a 5 percent increase in tuition, along with increases for the eight other public, state-funded colleges and universities.

Increases take effect summer term, which for Weber State begins in late May.

"Higher education saw a budget increase from the Legislature this year for the first time since 2008," said Bill Sederburg, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education. "Fortunately, the Legislature made support for higher education a priority this year, but in order to hold funding per student constant, we still need to make up for lack of funding in previous years."

Snow College will have the highest tuition increase, 7 percent. On the low end, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College both will increase tuition 4.5 percent.

According to information provided by the Utah System of Higher Education, Weber State in 2012-2013 will have the fifth-highest tuition of Utah state institutions. The schools with lower tuitions are two-year colleges USU College of Eastern Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and Snow College, as well as four-year school Dixie State.

The average tuition increase for undergraduates in Utah state schools will be 5.6 percent. This year's increases are the lowest in more than a decade, according to the Utah System of Higher Education, which said Utah's state colleges and universities still have lower tuition than institutions in surrounding states.

David Jordan, chair of the board of regents, said tuition increases were minimized because of the actions of the Utah Legislature.

"Prior to this year, state support for our colleges and universities was on the decline," Jordan said. "We are grateful the Legislature saw to fund higher education this year so that we may keep tuition increases at a minimum. As state budgets improve in the future, we hope the Legislature will invest in higher education in a way that allows us to further limit tuition increases."

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